Friday, 30 September 2011

Competition Alert! Celebrate the release of The Name of the Star & win a Jack the Ripper Fan Walk with Maureen Johnson!

To celebrate the publication of Maureen Johnsons new YA thriller The Name of the Star, HarperCollins Children’s Books is offering 10 lucky readers the opportunity to accompany Maureen Johnson on a private Jack the Ripper walk in London on Thursday, 13th October 2011.

The walk begins at 5:00 PM and will carry-on for two hours into the night! Visit the haunting sites of Jack the Ripper and hear first-hand from Maureen how they inspired her new book The Name of the Star.

To enter, simply email for a chance to attend the event with a friend.

Disclaimer: Entrants must be 13 or over. Please ensure that you are available to attend the event on Thursday, 13th October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm before entering. Winners will be informed on Friday, 7th October, and will be provided with further instructions then.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Release date: September 29th 2011.

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

How awesome is this competition? Good luck to everyone who enters!
The Name of the Star is OUT NOW! That reminds me, I must pick up a copy!


  1. SO COOL!!!! That would be absolutely amazing to experience! I'm really excited to read this book, it sounds so creepy and dark and fantastic:)

  2. AWESOME!! I so wish I could enter, but I wouldn't be able to make it to London. That would be totally cool, though! Anyway, I loved this book!

  3. I just have to say... I thought that the US cover was pretty, but the UK cover is far better! You guys seriously always get the best covers- I am jealous (ie. Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers books)... ;)

  4. How neat! Awesome contest! I wish I could enter!

  5. Cannot wait to start reading this one!!! I actually got to do a walking tour of Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel last time we were in London, and I have to say, it was the highlight of my trip! Which is weird, thinking that following in the footsteps of a serial murderer was so enjoyable...



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